Sandra Blackburn
I currently live in Church Lawton which is on the North Western fringe of Stoke on Trent. I am married to Jon who is Welsh and have two children Jonathan and Suzy. My three brothers taught me how to play chess when I was a child, of course initially they thrashed me but I slowly improved and held my own. During my early adult years I ceased playing chess but my interest was rekindled when my son wanted to learn how to play when he was at junior
school. I'm currently a member of the Holmes Chapel Chess club and play in the North Staffordshire Chess League. My other interests are walking in the countryside and photography. I feel really honoured to have been selected to play as a reserve for the Welsh ladies team in Istanbul, and I am looking forward to playing in my first international chess tournament abroad.






GM Hou Yifan

Women's World Champion